Ongoing Research

AAMC List of Medical Student Research Opportunities 
Visit the AAMC List of Medical Student Research Opportunities page for a comprehensive list of other US research opportunities.

American Academy of Dermatology: Diversity Mentorship Program
Purpose:

A lack of ethnic diversity exists among dermatology's physician population. This affects ethnic minority patients because they may seek medical care less frequently or when it is too late. The Diversity Mentorship Program offers hands-on exposure to students who are interested in learning more about the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice. This mentorship program encompasses 160 hours during the course of one month, commonly in the summer months, but must be complete by December 1.

Eligibility:

First- through fourth-year medical students who are considered to be underrepresented in medicine may apply to participate in the AAD's Mentorship Program. However, we highly encourage medical students to apply in their third or early 4th year of medical school when they have already decided on dermatology as a career.

Funds:

A $1,500 grant will be awarded to assist with travel and living expenses.

Deadline:

Applications submitted on or before November 1 will be considered in the selection for the following year. Applications submitted after November 1 will be held for the following year's award cycle.

AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF)
Purpose:

The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection of organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policy-making. One Fellow is selected each spring to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time, paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for one year.

Eligibility:

Any medical student AMA-MSS member in good standing. Applicants are not expected to be proficient advocates and managers at the start of the fellowship. Prior health policy, legislative, or political experience is helpful.

Funds:

A stipend of $4,000 per month will be paid. Additionally, compensation for travel expenses to the AMA-MSS and AMA Annual and Interim Meetings will be provided commensurate with existing AMA reimbursement policy. Health insurance is required and may be a continuance of your current health insurance or purchased independently.

Deadline:

Applications will be available November 2018 for the 2019-2020 term.

American Osler Society: William B. Bean Student Research Award
Purpose:

To support research in the broad areas of medical history and medical humanities. 

Eligibility:

Candidates must be current students at accredited medical schools in the US or Canada.

Funds:

$1,500 stipend and possibly up to $750 for travel to annual meeting.

Deadline:

March 1, 2019

American Society of Hematology Minority Medical Student Award Program
Purpose:

The ASH Minority Medical Student Award Program (MMSAP) provides underrepresented minority medical students with an opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of an ASH member, receive guidance from a career-development mentor, gain valuable knowledge of hematology, and ultimately advance their careers. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must identify as underrepresented in medicine and be enrolled in a MD, DO, or MD/PhD medical school program and be citizens or permanent residents of the US or Canada.

Funds:

Participants receive a stipend to support their research experience: up to $7,000 for flexible project students and up to $36,000 for year-long project students.

Deadline:

The deadline to request a mentor is November 15, 2018. The application deadline is January 15, 2019.

Graduate Women in Science: National Fellowship Program
Purpose:

The GWIS National Fellowship Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2019 to help incease knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers by women.

Eligibility:

Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad. Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.

Funds:

A maximum of $10,000 may be requested.

Deadline:

Applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowships will be available on November 5, 2018. The deadline for all applications will be January 11, 2019.

Infections Diseases Society of American Foundation Medical Scholars Program
Purpose:

The Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation developed the Medical Scholars Program to build a pipeline of tomorrow's ID leaders. Through this highly rated program, first, second, or third-year medical students receive access to an ID research experience designed to spark intellectual curiosity and inspire the pursuit of a career in the field of infectious diseases. Selected scholars are sponsored by an IDSA Member or Fellow to advance ongoing research, initiate new studies, or explore other concepts within the field of infectious diseases outside of their primary institution. Eligible categories include: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Clinical Research, Epidemiology, International Health, Laboratory Research, Medical Education and/or Prevention

Eligibility:

Students in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of an accredited US or Canadian medical school. Each student must have a mentor who is an IDSA member or fellow.

Funds:

Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000. Recipients are also given complimentary IDSA membership. 

Deadline:

The application system for 2019 scholarship will open between January and March 2019.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Medical Research Scholars Program
Purpose:

The Medical Research Scholars Program endeavors to be the premier training program for future clinician-scientists that advances health by inspiring careers in biomedical research. By engaging students in basic, clinical, or translational research investigations, a curriculum rich in didactics and professional development, and a robust mentorship and advising program, MRSP prepares its Scholars to become tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research. This is a 12-month program.

Eligibility:

Students must be US citizens or permanent residents who have a strong interest in conducting basic, clinical, translational or population health research and are currently enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at an accredited medical program.

Funds:

Annual stipend of $36,000

Deadline:

The application for the 2019-2020 cycle will be October 1, 2018 to January 11, 2019.

NIDDK T32 Medical Student Research Training Supplement
Purpose:

The Medical Student Research Training (MSRT) program provides mentored support for medical students interested in taking a year off from their medical school studies to work in an academic research lab.  This support is via a supplement to a training grant (T32) in the appropriate area of research.  A list of currently funded T32 program locations is available. Providing the opportunity for students to interrupt their medical school studies for up to 12 months to pursue a research project should help them solidify their decisions to pursue a research career, focus their research interests, and provide a background for future training and career development programs once they have completed their medical training.

Eligibility:

The medical student must be in good standing, have completed at least one year of medical school education, have full-time commitment of 9-12 months, and have an established relationship with a faculty sponsor at a funded NIDDK T32 where the program goals align with the candidate's proposed research.

Stipend:

Support will consist of a stipend at the current published predoctoral stipend level, as well as $4,200 for research support and health insurance, all prorated for the actual period of support.  Funds will be awarded as a supplement to the appropriate NIDDK-T32 grant at the institution.

Deadline:

Applications must be received by one of two receipt dates: January 15 or April 15 of each year.

Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award at Johns Hopkins
Purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Poggi Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Scholar Award is a year-long fellowship program for extraordinary medical students. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge clinical research and learn the skills necessary to produce sound, high-quality papers. Poggi fellows are a crucial part of the pediatric orthopaedic surgery team and gain clinical experience both in and out of the operating room. 

Eligibility:

Applicants should be completing their third year of medical school (in rare circumstances, uniquely qualified students finishing their second year of medical school may be considered) and must be in good academic standing and have an interest in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery.

Funds:

The recipient of this award will receive a $30,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the year, as well as travel expenses to national presentations.

Deadline:

February 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation: Research Training for Medical Students Fellowship
Purpose:

The Sarnoff Fellowship Program offers medical students enrolled in accredited US medical schools the opportunity to spend a year conducting intensive work in a biomedical research facility in the United States, other than the medical school in which they are enrolled. During the year in the laboratory, the Sarnoff Fellow will undertake his/her own research project and assume responsibility for it from inception to completion. The Fellow is expected with guidance, to develop the hypothesis and specific aims of the project, to participate in the experimental design, to carry out appropriate experiments, to interpret the data with the help of his/her preceptor, and to prepare an original manuscript for submission to an appropriate peer-reviewed journal. Each Fellow presents his/her results at the Sarnoff Foundation's Annual Scientific Meeting, as well as at appropriate national meetings.

Eligibility:

Students enrolled in accredited US medical schools selected on the basis of a national competition. Applications are encouraged from second and third year medical students.

Stipend:

$32,000 stipend, plus allowance of up to $8,000 for travel to select a Preceptor and Fellowship laboratory and attend the Sarnoff Annual Scientific Meeting and American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, moving expenses, health insurance and funds for travel to present a paper at two national conferences.

Deadline:

The deadline for the 2019-2020 Sarnoff Fellowship Program is January 10, 2019.

Society of Hospital Medicine Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant: Longitudinal Program

Purpose:

The SHM Student Hospitalist Scholar Grant Longitudinal Program is designed to engage first, second and third year medical students in mentored scholarly work over a year's worth of time, allowing for projects that would require more time to develop and/or implement. The program is designed for the student scholars to develop a better understanding of the career of a hospitalist through meaningful exposure to inpatient clinical work, hospital-related administrative responsibilities and educational activities.

Eligibility:

Candidates must be current students at accredited medical schools in the US or Canada, must be a student member of SHM, and must identify a mentor who is a current and active SHM member with whom he/she can conduct a full-time scholarly project.

Funds:

Recipients will receive up to $5,000 for the duration of their project which will start in the summer and conclude in the fall of the following year. Funds may not support salaries or stipends. Funds may be used to support professional research assistant or data analysis support, the purchase of necessary materials, or other project-related expenses. Additionally, up to $1,500 will be reimbursed to the student for travel-related expenses to attend the annual SHM Hospital Medicine conference. Registration will be complimentary for student scholars.

Deadline:

The scholarship application will reopen in Fall 2018.

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program
Purpose:

The TL1 Predoctoral Program at Washington University provides career development for medical and allied healthcare doctoral students through didactic coursework, mentored training, work-in-progress research discussions, journal clubs, and conferences. The Intensive Predoctoral Program runs 12 months, beginning June 1 and continuing through May 31 the following year.

Eligibility:

Trainees must be enrolled in a clinical doctoral degree program in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, biomedical engineering, social work, pharmacy, audiology and communication sciences, veterinary medicine, or another allied health profession. 

Funds:

Trainees receive a monthly stipend. Tuition for courses required by the program are covered through NIH and institutional support. Trainees receive a limited amount of funding for their research projects and for travel to attend the annual TL1 Predoctoral National Meeting. 

Deadline:

The deadline for 2019-2020 is due at 11:59 PM on February 20, 2019.

Zuckerman Fellows Program at Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
Purpose:

The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend.

Eligibility:

Fellows are required to be in full-time residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School during their fellowship year.  Zuckerman Fellowship is awarded for one year only, even though some master's degree programs last for more than one year. Candidates are individuals who have - or are pursuing - an MBA, JD, or MD and are seeking an additional master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Kennedy School, or the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The fellowhsip application is separate from the candidate's application for admission to the graduate programs.

Funds:

The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees for one year plus a living stipend.

Deadline:

Application deadline for the 2019-20 Zuckerman Fellowship is January 4, 2019.